KAREN ADELMAN is an artist, writer, and vocalist from New York. She received her MFA from USC in 2012 and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is writing a science fiction novel about a future oppressed by interminable noise (and simultaneously adapting it as an opera). She also writes on art, media, and culture, and records songs under the name Kajren Adielman. https://soundcloud.com/kajren-adielman
LISA ANNE AUERBACH is an artist and calls Los Angeles home. lisaanneauerbach.com
KATIE BACHLER lives out in the desert where she is learning about how to create home in a vast place. She teaches desert kids and works with locals on projects like quilts and rag rugs and maps. She is deeply interested in what brings people together, and how to create situations for connectivity. highdeserttestsites.com/content/scout
ADAM BELL is a photographer and writer. His work has been widely exhibited, and his writing and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including, Afterimage, FOAM Magazine, fototazo, Lay-Flat, Paper-Journal, photo-eye, and The Brooklyn Rail. His books include The Education of a Photographer and the forthcoming Vision Anew: The Lens and Screen Arts. He is currently on staff and faculty at the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts.
ERIK BENJAMINS lives in Los Angeles and works across the visual, performing and culinary art communities. Some recent collaborators have included a classically trained perfumer, aspiring actors, a university photographer, student dancers, a folk singer, and a few nationally respected chefs. Erik received his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University and his BA at Loyola Marymount University. erikbenjamins.com
ANDREW BERARDINI was born in the United States and writes for a living. He edits, curates, and teaches sometimes too. His publications include Mousse, LA Weekly, Public Fiction, and Purple. He edits at Mousse and Artslant and is co-founder, with Sarah Williams, of the Art Book Review. andrewberardini.info
JOE BIEL is a visual artist. He received an MFA in Painting from the University of Michigan and is currently on the faculty at California State University Fullerton. He has shown with Roberts and Tilton Gallery and LA Louver Gallery in Los Angeles and is represented by Galerie Kuckei/Kuckei in Berlin. He has been awarded residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE , at the 18th St Arts Center in Santa Monica. He was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation award in 2003 and again in 2008. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
LUCAS BLALOCK is a photographer and writer living in Los Angeles. His photographic work has been exhibited widely at venues including Ramiken Crucible (New York), On Stellar Rays (New York), Richard Telles Fine Art (Los Angeles), and Dan Devening Projects (Chicago). He has published two books, I Believe You, Liar (2009) and Towards a Warm Math (Hassla, 2011), and his pictures have been featured or written about in Aperture, Frieze, The New Yorker, Art Review, Guernica, ARTnews, Mousse, and Time Out NY among others. His writing has appeared in Under The Influence and an upcoming Zoe Crosher book to be published by Aperture as well as on The Photography Post and Layflat. lucasblalock.com
PAIGE K. BRADLEY is an artist, writer and critic who has written for The White Review, Art in America and Artforum. Originally from Los Angeles, she studied fine art and printmaking at CalArts and the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, Ireland before receiving her B.F.A. in Printmaking from RISD in 2011. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
MAURA BREWER is an artist who makes experimental videos and animations about the nature of identity and perception. She received her MFA from UC Irvine with an emphasis in Critical Theory in 2011, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. She teaches at USC and Art Center, and is currently enrolled in the Whitney Independent Study Program. Her videos have recently been shown at Machine Project and Adjunct Positions in Los Angeles. maurabrewer.com
JOHN BURTLE was born in Los Angeles in 1984, though he did not read the book 1984 until 2002. He enjoys watching the ocean, smelling flowers, and sending postcards to friends. John does a weekly show on KChung Radio with Guan Rong called Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. She also does a bunch of other stuff, really likes to dance, and in 2018 will be publishing a book of her collected 3-5 sentence bios.
ANDREW CHOATE is the author of “Too Many Times I See Every Thing Just The Way It Is” (Residual Press), “Language Makes Plastic of the Body” (Palm Press) and “Stingray Clapping” (Insert Blanc Press). His next book, “Learning”, will be published by Writ Large Press in 2015. His most recent piece of music writing was about the 2014 Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen. He is the host of The Unwrinkled Ear radio show on KCHUNG every other Tuesday from 5-7pm PST. He is currently working on a book investigating writing as landscape, which will combine his “Horizon Poems” with his bollard photographs
SRIJON CHOWDHURY is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR. He was born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1987, and received his MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2013. He has exhibited in Los Angeles at Klowden Mann, JAUS, Launch Gallery and Helen Bolsky Gallery, in Miami at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, and at The Gallery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. srijonchowdhury.com
AKINA COX graduated from CalArts with an MFA in 2012. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Commonwealth and Council, Monte Vista Projects, LACE, and Marine Contemporary. Her collaborative projects have been exhibited at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, as well as ForYourArt and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Her artist books have been published by New Byzantium Press and Golden Spike Press, and can be purchased at Skylight Books, Ooga Booga, and the MOCA Bookstore in Los Angeles, Art Metropole in Toronto, and Printed Matter in New York City. She lives and works in Los Angeles. akinaruthcox.com
NIKKI DARLING is a student in the Creative Writing/Literature PhD program at USC. Her poetry and experimental essays center around subjectivity, persona, and post-structualist methods of deconstructing literary form and meaning. She is finishing her first novel, “Fade Into You,” a memoir of mixed race identity in the San Gabriel Valley during the 1990’s. Her criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, the Art Book Review, Tomorrow Magazine and Public Books, among others. Her essay “Appropriate For Destruction” was included in Best Music Writing 2010. ndarling.com
MICHAEL DASHKIN is a freelance writer and researcher living in New York. He reviews books on contemporary art and photography for Library Journal and for The Art Libraries Society of North America, and contributes essays to Christie’s contemporary art auction catalogs. He has an MA in Studio Art from New York University. artsinideas.com
GILDA DAVIDIAN received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in 2014. Her photographic practice asks questions about the relationship between photography and memory, and how we come to understand histories and locations through images. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the MAK Center, the Kerckhoff Art Gallery at UCLA, the Korean Cultural Center, Monte Vista Projects and more recently at the Hessel Museum of Art in New York. She lives and works in Los Angeles. http://www.gildadavidian.com
ZAC DEMPSTER attended Columbia University and is based in NYC. Sites of exhibition have included Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Le Petit Versailles, Ludlow 38, Machine Project and the Schirn Kunsthalle. He’s a member of the Sunview Luncheonette in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. And has lectured at the Deutsches Filminstitut, École nationale supérieure d’arts de Cergy-Pontoise, and 16 Beaver. In Winter of 2016, as co-editor, he will launch Cured Quail. zachdempster.com
MOLLY E. DOTSON is the Special Collections Librarian and curator of the Bookplate Collection at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University. Her tenure at Yale began with the 2010-2011 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship. She received dual master’s degrees in art history and library science from Indiana University-Bloomington, and she also holds a BA in art history from the University of Kentucky.
MERRIDAWN DUCKLER is a conceptual artist and writer in Portland Oregon. She’s published in poetry, fiction and non-fiction, recently in Empty Mirror, Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Library and Farallon Review. Her plays have been performed in New York, California, Alaska and recently at the 26th Annual Playwrights Forum in Spokane, WA. She’s a member of the Blackfish Gallery collective and her performance pieces have appeared at LACE, LACMA and the Phoenix Art Museum. She’s a Senior Fellow at The Attic Institute and Assistant Editor at Narrative. She has a B.A from Reed College and an MAJS from Hebrew College. twitter.com/MerridawnD
JAYE FISHEL is a printmaker, book artist, librarian, and all around bibliophile based in Los Angeles. Jaye is the Artists’ Books Editor of The Art Book Review, and runs Bullhorn Press, a letterpress edition studio in Echo Park. jayefishel.com / http://www.bullhorneditions.com
BRIAN GETNICK is a performance artist and curator living in LA. He received his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. Since 2011, his primary work as a curator and writer has been through Native Strategies, a biannual publication and performance platform that he co-directs with Tanya Rubbak. In 2013, he began a performance art residency and venue in a small blue theater he built called PAM. briangetnick.com
DAVID GILBERT is a Los Angeles based artist. He received an MFA from UC Riverside in 2011 and his BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 2004. He is represented by Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco. davidwaltergilbert.com
SAMARA GOLDEN is an artist living in Los Angeles. She received an MFA from Columbia University, New York in 2009. Golden has exhibited her work in the US and abroad including Solo projects at Frieze, New York; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; and Ferenbalm-Gurbrü Station, Karlsruhe, Germany. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Cardi Black Box, Milan, Italy; On Steller Rays, New York; Artissima, Turin, Italy; CANADA, New York; Derek Eller, New York; Renwick, New York; ACME, Los Angeles; Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin; and Sculpture Center, New York. Golden’s work has been written about in Mousse Magazine, Art in America, Rhizome, Flash Art, NY Magazine, The LA Weekly, Art Forum, and The New York Times. Her previous feature film collaboration with artists Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley screened at Sundance in 2005.
KARA HANSEN is an artist and writer currently living in Vancouver. She received a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She is currently interested in collaborative and interdisciplinary processes of production borrowed from theatre and filmmaking.
MICHAEL HETTICH has published a dozen chapbooks and books of poetry, most recently LIKE HAPPINESS (Anhinga, 2010) and THE ANIMALS BEYOND US (New Rivers Press). He teaches English and Creative Writing at Miami Dade College/Wolfson. michaelhettich.com.
DREW HEITZLER lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Heitzler received his MFA from Hunter College in 2000. His films and film based projects have been screened and exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions including Renwick Gallery, Blum and Poe, The Project, Orchard Gallery, The Swiss Institute, Sculpture Center, Anthology Film Archives, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, , LA><ART, The Suburban, Locust Projects, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain, and Kunsthalle, Zurich. His work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the 2010 California Biennial, and the 2012 Venice Beach Biennial. blumandpoe.com/artists/drew-heitzler
IRIS YIREI HU is an artist from Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include: Con/Safos, LA River’s Bowtie Project (2015); David Bell and Iris Yirei Hu: The Floor and the Cane, Commonwealth & Council (2014); Time Left Long Ago, Fourth Wall (2014); and Where Do People Live who Never Die, DAVE Gallery (2013). She co-founded and contributes to the quarterly artist book, baumtest, for which she received the Rema Hort Mann Foundation YoYoYo Artist Grant. Her work has been reviewed by Paris, LA, KCET Artbound, and Young Cloud. She also works with 3rd-12th grade classroom teachers to strengthen their students’ visual literacy and critical thinking skills through contemporary art. Hu holds a BA in Art from UCLA, attended the Mountain School of Arts, and will begin the MFA in Visual Arts at Columbia University in Fall 2015. irisyireihu.com
BETTINA HUBBY‘S practice is wide-ranging, encompassing curatorial and project-based work, along side more traditional media such as collage, drawing, printmaking, bookmaking and photography. With projects that engage diverse communities and often exist in settings that challenge the conventions of exhibition spaces, Hubby’s work celebrates collaboration and resists easy categorization. www.hubbyco.com
GLADYS-KATHERINA HERNANDO is an independent curator and Curatorial Assistant at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She was educated at the University of Southern California and Otis College of Art and Design. Her writing has been published on East of Borneo, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, Sensitive Boys, and X-TRA. She is the founder and curator of the internet-based art space Light & Wire Gallery. Gladys-Katherina was born and raised in Miami, Florida. gladyskhernando.com
JOHN HOUCK makes layered works that references architecture and literature. Working with photography and sculpture he creates installations and pictures. John often employs generative approaches that explore the dialectic between technical repetition and desire. johnhouck.com
JUSTIN IZBINSKI is a writer based out of Silverlake, California.
ZACH KLEYN is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer whose work has been shown at the Torrance Art Museum, the New York Center for Art and Media Studies in New York, Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles, Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles, and Espace Curtat Tunnel in Lausanne, Switzerland. His artwork has appeared in several literary journals, including LIT, VLAK, and SPECS. He received his MFA from CalArts in 2010. zachkleyn.com
NICK KRAMER is an artist and occasional writer living in Los Angeles, California. He has shown art in venues such as CANADA, Anat Ebgi Gallery, Anthony Greaney, MetroPCS, Hillary Crisp and LA. http://nickkramer.blogspot.com/
AMY LAM is one half of the performance-art duo Life of a Craphead. Their first feature-length film Bugs is premiering in 2015.
JON LEON As an independent writer and critic Jon Leon has generated a significant body of creative and critical texts, paratexts, and poetics that form an undifferentiated genre mix within the media imagination. His profiles, articles, essays, reviews, interviews, poems, and literary work have appeared in Spike Art Quarterly, Oyster, ArtSlant, Sang Bleu, The Brooklyn Rail, Novembre, East of Borneo, Art in America, Soft Targets, and other magazines and journals. His books have been featured in Vice, Interview, Frieze, Bomb, and Bidoun among others. He is the author The Malady of the Century (2012), Elizabeth Zoë Lindsay Drink Fanta (2011), The Hot Tub (2009), and a number of privately issued titles and special editions. Known for being publicity shy, his rare appearances include a graduate seminar at Art Center College of Design, and a reading at legendary downtown New York gallery Feature Inc. A solo exhibition, The Coral, ran through the summer of 2013 at The Finley Gallery, Los Angeles. Leon is the recipient of a Philip Whalen Memorial Grant and a Jerome Foundation Regrant. New writing is forthcoming from New York-based art book publisher Karma, Le Consortium, Dijon, and The Poetry Foundation.
ANTHONY LESLIE works as a library assistant and lives in Los Angeles. He has published writing in The Journal of Artists’ Books.
SETH LOWER is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited at Cirrus Gallery, metro pcs, the Torrance Art Museum, and Weekend in Los Angeles, as well as The Lab and Mission 17 in San Francisco. His publications include The Sun Shone Glaringly (The Ice Plant, 2014) and Man With Buoy and Other Tales (Little Brown Mushroom, 2010). Lower received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. sethlower.com
LUNAKHODS is the collective of two artists living in Toronto who create photographs, illustrations and music. lunakhods.com
LAUREN MACKLER is a curator & graphic designer based in Los Angeles. She is the founding director of a space & journal called Public Fiction. publicfiction.org
MICAH MALONE is an artist, writer and educator. Since receiving his M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, he has written about visual art for publications such as Big Red & Shiny (where he also served as an editor), Artforum.com, Artpapers, Arcadia, Latinart.com, amongst others. He has exhibited his work in many venues, most recently the Autzen Gallery at Portland State University and Worksound Gallery. He is currently a professor at the Universidad de Los Andes and Colegio Los Nogales, both in Bogotá, Colombia where he lives and works.
MIEKE MARPLE is a partner at Night Gallery, an artist-run, commercial space located in downtown Los Angeles. She has written about Sean Townley, Josh Kline, Trevor Shimizu, and Antoine Catala for Night Papers and will be writing about Derek Boshier for Flash Art. nightgallery.ca
CHRISTINA CATHERINE MARTINEZ is a writer and blogger in Los Angeles. She writes mainly on art and clothes, and is currently at work on a book of essays about fashion blogging to be released in early 2015.
JOHN MCINTYRE‘s work has appeared in a range of publications, including Brick: A Literary Journal and The American Scholar. He is at work on Two Foxes, a book about the writer Robert Phelps and his wife, the painter Rosemarie Beck. He writes about books and art at Good Reading Copy. goodreadingcopy.wordpress.com.
A. MORET lives her life behind a pair of tortoise shell lenses staring at a blank page, considering the weight of the word, and embracing doubt and inspiration. Armed with a lined Molkeskine notebook and fine black pen, she surveys the LA art scene and the luminaries that inspire it. She has a love affair with the city that she calls home and considers the world through the lens of “Double Indemnity” and Marcel Proust. In pursuit of inquiry her position as Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Installation Magazine grants her access to artist studios, gallery spaces, and everywhere in between.
CARTER MULL is an artist living in Los Angeles. He received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Painting in 2000 and an MFA from CalArts in 2006. Mull’s work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Presentation House, Vancouver, Domaine Departement de Chamarande, Paris, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, Vilma Gold, London and Gagosian Gallery, New York. His project intertwines multiple mediums to question the temporality of medias that construct our conception of the world. In turn, the practice recomposes an understanding of our shared, social imagination. Additionally, Mull collaborates under the moniker P & Co., a media production company that is most notably responsible for a community newspaper, including past issues Matisse, Marcel, Sara & Gerald, and Joan. cartermull.info
PAUL PESCADOR received his MFA from the University of California at Irvine in 2012. He is a visual artist and filmmaker, who occasionally writes about film, artists’ writings and his own personal experience to both. paulpescador.com
TRACY JEANNE ROSENTHAL is a pop culture parasite. Some of her writing is online. Some of it is stuck in fan mail to Rihanna or in hate mail to Lacan. Sometimes she lectures at galleries or does performance art at conferences. She likes orange lilies. tracyjeannerosenthal.com
SAMANTHA ROTH received her MFA from the University of Southern California in 2010 and her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003. Her work has recently been included in exhibitions at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Workspace, Luis De Jesus Gallery as well as Bezalel Gallery, Tel Aviv. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. samantharoth.com
RICHARD M. SANCHEZ is an artist and occasional writer who currently lives and works out of Miami, Florida. He is currently perusing his BFA at New World School of the Arts with a focus in Painting and History of the Art’s. He has contributed to select group exhibitions and has written work published locally.
LIA TRINKA-BROWNER received her masters in Art Theory and Criticism from Art Center College of Design in 2006. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
ARIANE VIELMETTER received her MFA from CalArts in 2012, and her BA from UCLA in 2008. She lives and works in Los Angeles. Her writing has been featured in Night Papers, Notes on Looking, and the Parkfield Review. arianevielmetter.com
ALIX VOLLUM lived in Portland, Oregon for many years and now lives in Los Angeles. She writes occasionally and reads incessantly.
SARAH WILLIAMS is co-founder of The Art Book Review. She has been producing events, exhibitions, programs and publications with L.A.-based arts organization ForYourArt since 2007. Additionally, she also works as part of Untitled Collective, a group of artists who create projects focussing on the fabrication of social structures in and around the field of artistic production. Sarah received her B.A. in the History of Art and Visual Culture from UCSC and her M.A. in Public Art Studies from USC. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
SARAH BAY WILLIAMS is not the Sarah Williams who co-founded the Art Book Review. Sarah Bay Williams is another Sarah who is an independent writer, curator, and artist living in Venice, California. She is currently working on a monograph about the 1970s photography of Robert Cumming. http://lylesfur.tumblr.com/
ELENI ZAHAROPOULOS is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Queens, NY, who currently lives and works in Detroit, MI. She likes collaborating on projects, cooking, and Balkan music. happyabandon.com